At Woodridge, we aim to develop pupils to become leaders at the school and beyond.

Our formal focus begins in Grade 10 with a leadership course, building on the experiences of pupils in the classroom, sports fields and camps. Chairing meetings, captaining teams or leading a hike are all opportunities to complete a task while influencing others positively and building skills practically.

In Grade 11, pupils undertake a leadership camp and have increased opportunities to nurture their leadership skills with the adventure programme. The school uses the Prefect system where a Head Boy and Girl are elected each year, together with a Prefect team. In the third term, pupils submit a public manifesto, putting themselves forward for the role of Prefect. We emphasise the concept of servant leadership, requiring our leaders to act in the school's best interests.

Prefects meet regularly as a group and are committed to several tasks to assist with the effective running of the school. Some evening workshops and input from senior staff members complement increased opportunities to make significant contributions to school life, especially in public settings such as assemblies and events.

Matrics who are in boarding can serve as Dorm Seniors and are thus expected to maintain order and a sense of belonging for boarders in the junior grades. Prefects are under the guidance of the Director of Student Affairs and the Deputy Headmaster, while Hostel Leaders enjoy the input of their House Parents and the Head of Boarding.

Leadership development is an integral part of our school's objective of allowing each pupil to develop the necessary leadership skills. Self-discipline is the goal for each pupil. With the guidance of a code of conduct, we help pupils to maintain appropriate behaviour. Added to this, a demerit system is in place to deal with negative behaviour and to ensure an environment conducive to optimal learning is adhered to.

Community Service (outreach initiatives) is also encouraged. This allows pupils to give and serve their fellow man, through the Interact Committee. Various initiatives under the guidance of dedicated teachers and pupils ensure that our pupils also play their part in uplifting those around them.

As a private school run on Christian principles and values, and aside from the regular Divinity classes for Grade 8 to 11 pupils, Woodridge has church services that are conducted every Sunday and cell groups meet weekly.


Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. The award is available to all 14–24-year-olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others as it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. Participants are required to complete various activities over a set period of time in order to earn the award. Upon completion, they are awarded a certificate and badge for the level they have completed. In South Africa, the certificates have the signatures of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and His Excellency and President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa. The certificates are recognised globally by employers and institutions of higher learning.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award plays a crucial role in supporting award participants' health and well-being, underpinning social cohesion and creating a vital sense of community and connection for young people. 

Every year Woodridge has several pupils enrolled who are working towards completing their awards. We are incredibly proud of them and their commitment to developing their character to serve, while continuously increasing their skill set by participating in sport or recreational activities and adventures into nature. 

As of 2022, all Grade 8 pupils will be enrolled for the Bronze Presidents Award. They will complete their journey in September and be guided through the other requirements of the award throughout the year.